GM puts magnesium to the test

Oct 24, 2012 | 02:49 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  General Motors, magnesium, thermal process, aluminum, steel, corrosion resistance, rear deck lid, lightweighting Greg Warden

CHICAGO — General Motors Co. is testing a thermal-forming process and proprietary corrosion-resistance treatment for magnesium sheet that would allow the automaker to increasingly use it as a substitute for steel and aluminum.

GM said that it wants to expand its use of low-mass parts on its vehicles and that it will pursue licensing opportunities related to this technology. The goal is for suppliers to use the process to produce a significant volume of magnesium parts in order to trim pounds from vehicle mass.....

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